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Printing

Postby Samson » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:17 pm

Another question.
I've never attempted to print a drawing before, but I have a need to print one.
I can't seem to get it scaled to fit a sheet of paper. I need it to fill a 8.5x11 sheet, but it stays the same size and is only about a fifth of the scale I need.
Any suggestions?
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Re: Printing

Postby Samson » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:35 pm

I found a work-around...
I exported as an eps and opened it in PS. I scaled it as needed and it printed pretty well.
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Re: Printing

Postby Adrian » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:10 am

The print function is not designed to print to scale. To print to scale you can use the Export PDF function and print from your preferred PDF reader to scale. The EPS will work as well but not so many people have a program capable of printing to scale from that.
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Re: Printing

Postby Samson » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:44 pm

Well... when I tried the export as eps and opened in PS the first time, it worked. I've tried several more times, and it will open, but it is grey instead of black like the first time.
This won't work, as the color is too light to see.
I looked for a pdf export, but I don't see it. Maybe it was added after my version.
I need to print these pages for an assignment, but I just can't figure it out now.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Re: Printing

Postby Samson » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:00 pm

OK, I finally figured out what I was doing incorrectly. It's working again and now I can use my new printer.
I'm going to have to write down the procedure, so next time, I might remember. :?

It would be nice if Vectric could add this feature... print to scale.
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Re: Printing

Postby FixitMike » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:13 am

And please post the procedure when you have it written down.
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Experience comes from bad judgement.
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Re: Printing

Postby ezurick » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:14 am

Samson wrote:OK, I finally figured out what I was doing incorrectly. It's working again and now I can use my new printer.
I'm going to have to write down the procedure, so next time, I might remember. :?

It would be nice if Vectric could add this feature... print to scale.



So printing your item "to scale" is basically sizing it to fit on your size paper... but if you don't export to eps or pdf, is it going to print the exact size of the item regardless of paper size? This is important since one may want to have a print of the exact size for reference of a object, hole or something.
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Re: Printing

Postby Adrian » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:38 am

Print to scale is being used in a couple of different ways in this thread. To me print to scale means that if I have a part that is 6" x 4" in VCarve when I print it it should be 6" x 4" on the paper. Scaling to fit the paper is a different thing.

To print to the size of the paper in VCarve you use the standard zoom features in combination with print preview to adjust the view to fit the paper size selected.

If you want to print to the scale of the vectors then export as PDF and use the 1:1 to print feature of most PDF programs to print to real scale. Of course you can also use the same programs to shrink or expand to fit any size of paper but the real world scale will be off then.
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Re: Printing

Postby Samson » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:14 pm

Adrian, you are correct. I was using the incorrect term. I wanted to scale to fit a 8.5 x 11 sheet.
However, in VCP, I've tried the zoom function, as well as the scale function, and have been unsuccessful on fitting the vectors to the page.
By exporting and using Photoshop, I can scale the vectors to fit the page, as well as scaling to actual size. I'm guessing that other programs are
capable of doing the same thing. Maybe Inkscape... it's free.
This has worked for me, but if it can be done in VCP, that would be great.

I apologize for any confusion I have created.
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